Friday, December 3, 2010
Get a Daily Dose of Green Space
The New York Times had an article that discussed how Americans are suffering from outdoor deprivation disorder which affects their physical and mental health in a negative way. Kids ages 8 to 18 spend more time than ever entertaining themselves using indoor electronic media. They are spending less and less time outdoors because now even schools are eliminating recess so they have more time for academics. Studies are showing that this lack of physical activity outdoors is linked to the rising statistics of children having obesity related diseases, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, stress, ADD, and depression. Doctors say that the the remedy for preventing and treating these diseases is to get outside and start moving around in the green nature which is even free!
In the books "Anxiety Cure," and "Telling Yourself the Truth," the authors discuss how physical activity will relieve stress and anxiety much in the same way this article from the New York Times describes.